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Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]

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    I should probably take another look at the Dts; the first time, I wasn’t all that impressed. I’m a lot more excited about the Des though. I like this Smoot guy and . . . Missouri DE Charles Harris. I’m glad on the one hand to see Jeremiah pick him for us; but, on the other hand, that brings his name up. I’m hoping Harris runs a slow forty . . . as usual, I’m hoping Licht and Co have all kinds of names we don’t know about!

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    Harris is the next Dwight Freeny.

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    Picking at 20 I would not scream about any one of these picks. Don’t know much about the Mizzou guy. Looking forward to checking him out.

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    DL or OL is fine with me.

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    I think the national guys are looking at the end of year stats and that is why they think the Bucs still need pass rush help. While PR and other Bucs reports are all saying WR should be the first pick. Corey Davis just seems to be the perfect fit for what the Bucs need. Evans had a great year and he was the most targeted WR in the league. Imagine what happens if defenses cannot double team him the entire game

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    *Noah Spence’s emergence in the second half of the season was very impressive and should alleviate the Bucs need for pass rush help. Plus Koetter is an offensive guy. I would be stunned if our first pick is on the defense

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    Never understood why nearly everyone believes the best draft strategy is to choose the best player then focus on perceived need in their mock drafts. I say, take the player who will make the most impact over the long haul. Take a player who our opponents will fear.

    If I did consider need, I think we need a DT far more than a DE. We have Akeem Spence and Clinton McDonald, who rarely showed much, and a few others pulled off the street. Scott professed DT to be a major need last off season and nothing much was done to improve the inside of the D-line since. Isn’t it still a concern?

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      Dl or OL help please. And we need that position. win win.
      GO BUCS

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    Not to mention McCoy won’t be getting any younger, or better. We didn’t make the playoffs because we couldn’t stop Dallas, and N.O. from running right up our gut. So yeah, best D tackle at #19 wouldn’t be a bad idea.

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      Fans can make any argument they like for prioritizing needs.

      You say that the Bucs lost to Dallas because we couldn’t stop the run .. well, neither could most of the other teams in the league either. We held them to just below their season long points for .. to 26 vs. 26.3, so we didn’t do worse than average on points allowed. In terms of yards allowed, we only allowed 185 yards on the ground to DAL as compared to their season long rushing yards per game of 237. So actually, we did far better than average against DAL rushing attack than did the rest of the league.

      I would say that what contributed more than anything else to losing the Dallas game, and in fact all of our losses, was our failure to score enough points by our offense. We scored only 20 points at DAL, 2.1 less than our season long average of 22.1 ppg, which placed us at 18th in the league. If a team wants to end up in the final 12 – the top 12 – it really helps a lot to score somewhere in or near that top 12 in PF. Our defense finished 15th in PA – barely making the upper half, but definitely not top 10.

      These kinds of arguments over prioritization of need are endless and there is no clear winner in any such argument.

      The reality is that the Bucs weren’tyet good enough to finish in the final 12, and that was for reasons owing to all four aspects of our game: our coaching, our offense, our defense, and our special teams (except for punting). We were in the bottom half of the league in stats in most everything but punting. Our quarterback managed to make the upper half in QBR (#13 in the league), but he needs a lot more help to make us a top ten offense. Our defense likewise needs help, and likewise with our kicking game.

      It’s plausible that we make the cut in 2017, because we aren’t that far. I think we will get it done this year.

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        correction – the statement, “We were in the bottom half of the league in stats …” referenced special teams, not the entire time. Except, of course, for punting on which Anger was outstanding last season.

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        Good points.You say that the
        “Bucs lost to Dallas because we couldn’t stop the run.”
        That just tells me other teams need DT’s also.
        Yeah, we are middle of the pack.
        Yeah, we need to score more points.
        Yeah, or running game sucked most days,
        This is a good argument to draft BPA. If that’s a WR great. But, I think like Horse, build up the lines man.
        It will pay off.
        GO BUCS

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        Well I would say the main culprit in our defeat to Dallas was our RT getting treated like a child for 3 consecutive sets of plays in the 4th quarter.

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    So many holes, so,few picks… I’d suggest we invert the problem and look at who is available in FA (especially now that Tampa doesn’t look like a career sinkhole to FA’s) and then decide what position to draft for.
    With the caveat that Marpet is our only quality starter on OL (in particular Smith stinks at LT) and if we don’t invest a few high picks in OL this year and next then worst case JW gets hurt and best case it will be our Achilles heel during our hoped for playoff run.

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    Buc 1976

    I would like to see a longer DE such as Taco C with long arms he may not get a sack but gets his hand in and disrupt’s the throw much like the guy from Dallas did.

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    I’m not paying much attention to mock drafts now until after all the pre-draft evaluation work is done, including all-star games, draft combine, and particularly the individual workouts conducted by the teams with players they’re actually interested in. Until that’s all done, mock drafts are vapor-ware, and the source of endless arguments that in the end won’t matter to Jason Licht.

    Not only does the pre-draft stuff need completing, but free agency looms before hand and moves made there will certainly have an impact on the team’s ability to draft BAP vs. drafting for urgent need.

    Yes, I know, I’m being a killjoy here, but frankly, after decades of draft-watching, I’m just a helluva lot more interested in what Jason Licht actually does and says than in all the armchair argumentation by people who don’t have a voice in the decisions that inevitably precedes the draft.

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      You make perfect sense here, it’s impossible to know draft availability and choice because free agency hasn’t happened yet so we don’t know what the Bucs will even need. It is fun to speculate though.

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      Holy smokes Naples, this is two days in a row I’m agreeing with you. Even your presentations seem less condescending. Like you, I’ve learned over the years to simply enjoy the banter between all of the Draft “experts” whose end results are barely 50% correct. We listen to Mel Kiper, Mike Mayock, Charles Davis, Charlie Campbell, the Pewter Report gang and others as if their thoughts should be taken as gospel by the masses. They’ll rave over players selected in the first round who fail miserably and find fault with ones who a far less noteworthy and go on to have solid careers. Shouldn’t an “expert’s” evaluation be just a bit more accurate? Seems to me they all just echo each other. Rarely do they break from the party line and make any bold predictions. My favorite Draft guru was Joel Baushbaum (rest his soul)

      Like you said, teams make their own evaluations and rankings and will make their selections accordingly. I just cringe when I see someone suggest that if we need a certain position, to just take the highest ranked player at that given position, regardless of his overall grade, and pass on the best player. That’s how you end up with a weak roster.

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    Your not a Killjoy. And as far as you not caring about draft talk. HORSEHOCKEY
    I’ll prove it.
    You, like me will chip in willingly to all these posts about the draft.

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      I don’t deny interest in specific potential draft picks, like any team fan. But the draft arguments aren’t very productive until we have at least some indication of what Jason wants to accomplish. Like most GMs he keeps his cards close to his vest. The best indicators are FA pickups and the specific players we work out and Jason comments on. At least for the early rounds … the later rounds, it’s anyone’s guess who is not in direct communication with Jason. That’s where the surprise picks come in, including sometimes trading up or down.

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        Yeah but, Arguing about the draft is fun!!!!!!
        GO BUCS

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    WR, DL, OL, and TE are the biggest needs I see. Not all that familiar with this year’s crop of draftees yet so not sure what order we will go but as long as we hit those 4 through draft or FA, we’ll be well off next year.

    That’s if we resign Doug and Quiz, otherwise we can add RB to the list. I’m hoping we keep Hawley and Gottz showed promise before his injury. We also get Sweezy next year so maybe that pushes OL down a bit. DEFINITELY need a WR2 whether we keep VJax or not, so I see that as our most pressing need right now. Wouldn’t mind seeing an upgrade at T either if it’s not too much of a reach.

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    Buc 1976

    I think Corey D wii be gone when we pick 19. If so take DT or DE or move down 4-6 spots and hopefully get 2-3 round pick, no 4-5 round Please.
    Picking 24-26 we can get a DT or DE. In the 2nd round if Bucs see 4-5 players available maybe trade down again for a 3rd or 4th round so now Bucs have 2 3rd round picks and 2 4th round picks. To me this draft looks VERY deep for 4 rounds

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    Draft talk is fun and FA is going to change some thoughts on picks. I trust Licht and think he does a very good job in the draft.

    I hope we draft 2 WR in this draft (even if the BUCS sign a FA), and I really like Dupree from LSU.

    They have so many holes that they can’t miss on a position. I hope they do 1 of 2 things… get aggressive and move up to get Williams at WR or move back for more picks.

    In Licht we trust, go BUCS!

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    What I find most pleasing is that we didn’t begin this Draft banter before Halloween as has been the case the past five years.

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    Right on with that scubog. But what is throwing me off big time is picking at 20. It’s a lot easier to predict early picks.
    Don’t get me wrong I’m glad our pick is later in the draft.
    It’s just takes more brain power to project at 20.

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    For this draft, there are about 4 players I really would like in the 1st. Of course Dalvin cook, Corey Davis, Mike Williams, or the DT from Stanford, can’t remember his name off hand. Most likely, all of those guys could be gone, and in that case, I’m all for trading back and getting some extra picks. The second round should be a strong round to get an extra pick or two out of. We have a ton of needs and some depth so let’s get it!

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    Once again I think we should take the best player available and not need. Drafting for need usually never ends up good. I really like J Peepers CB,S,KR &PR from Michigan. This kid is arguably the most athletic defensive player in the draft and most Mocks have him falling past us. I know Safety isn’t a priority but this kid is going to be a stud. He is a hard hitting DB with great vision and crazy speed. He has excellent cover skills as he played both safety and CB. The only hole I see in his game is his catching ability. He didn’t have a lot of INTs but what he lacked in INTs he made up for with monster hits and great kick returns. Check out some of his highlights.


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